School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Healthcare Studies (BS)
The BS in Healthcare Studies is designed to give students a multidisciplinary perspective on human health and healthcare. The curriculum consists of existing courses offered by various schools across campus that are repackaged into one multidisciplinary program. In addition to the expected combination of science courses with laboratories (32 semester credit hours), the degree program also requires healthcare foundation courses offered by the School of Interdisciplinary Studies (14 semester credit hours) as well as courses specifically related to the study of healthcare in a philosophical, historical, psychological, sociological and biological context (15 semester credit hours). The program is designed to be a preparatory program for students continuing their education beyond the baccalaureate degree; for distinguished students in healthcare studies, the major provides excellent preparation for entry into professional schools of medicine, optometry or pharmacy. It can also be beneficial for students planning to enter graduate programs in such allied health areas as occupational therapy, physical therapy and physician assistant studies. In addition, students may choose the healthcare studies major as preparation for entry into graduate programs in areas such as healthcare management.
Bachelor of Sciences in Healthcare Studies
Degree Requirements (120 semester credit hours)
I. Core Curriculum Requirements: 42 semester credit hours1
Communication (6 semester credit hours)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 semester credit hours)
Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester credit hours)
Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 semester credit hours)
Science (9 semester credit hours including at least one course with a substantial laboratory component)
II. Major Requirements: 52 semester credit hours
Foundation I: Healthcare Foundation Studies (14 semester credit hours)
Foundation II: Scientific Foundation Studies (23 semester credit hours)
Foundation III: Multidisciplinary Healthcare Studies (15 semester credit hours)
III. Elective Requirements: 26 semester credit hours
Prescribed Electives (1 semester credit hour)
Free Electives (25 semester credit hours)
Students must complete a total of 51 semester credit hours of upper-division coursework to graduate. A minimum of 45 semester credit hours must be taken at UT Dallas. All the coursework in the final semester must be taken at UT Dallas.
Students interested in pursuing entrance into health professional schools (such as medical, dental, pharmacy or optometry schools) should seek advising on additional courses required for entrance into the particular professional school of their interest. A subset of the following courses should be considered essential and should be taken as part of their elective credits.
- Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
- A required major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement.